Possibly no other psychoanalytic concept has caused as much ongoing controversy, and attracted so much criticism, as that of 'repression'. Repression involves denying knowledge to oneself about the content of one's own mind and is most commonly implicated in disputes concerning the possibility of repressed memories of trauma (and their subsequent recovery). While fundamental in Freudian psychoanalysis, recent developments in psychoanalytic thinking (e.g., 'mentalization') have downplayed the importance of repression, in part due to less emphasis being placed on the importance of memory within therapy.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction , Repression within Freudian Theory , The beginning of the theory of repression , Repression in the topographic model , The structural theory and repression , The apparent paradox of Freudian repression , Making Sense of Repression , Unconscious mental processes and the nature of the repressed , Repression and the system Ucs. , A general model for situating repression , The role of affects in repression , Explaining Repression , Repression and the censorship , Repression and neural processes , A psychobiological account of Freudian repression , Postscript